September 23, 2010

Nerd News: Newsies, Sesame Street meets True Blood, Super Cats and more

Vol. 1, Issue 14


Newsies getting its own Broadway musical
One thing that the folks at Disney do better than anyone else (with the possible exception of Steve Jobs) is to figure out ways to wring money out of their existing products. The latest property to be adapted as a new revenue source? The 1992 musical Newsies, which brought us a singin', dancin' teenage Christian Bale, leading a labor strike by downtrodden newsboys at the turn of the last century.

Newsies was not a box-office success. In fact, it was a huge, expensive flop. Yet, Oscar-winning composer Alan Mencken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) has confirmed that he's collaborating with Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage aud Folles) to update the musical for the Broadway stage. Menken co-wrote the original film's songs with lyricist Jack Feldman.

Menken told Playbill that the score has been expanded and updated for Broadway, with "a lot of new songs ... We're all having a great time. We already had a 29-hour reading in May. I don't think Disney knows yet what it's going to be." (via)
I am coming, NYC.

Pretty posters:

In movie news:

This video's NSFW, at least without headphones, but it's so well done I couldn't not post it.
I'll admit, I totally laughed at the bit at around 4:10. I know, I'm terrible.

    In TV news:

    The Nerdy Bird does a roundup of the 25 best MRVLCATS. My faves:
    (More cats here, because you can never have enough.)

    Less cats ... more hipsters? "If Superheroes Were Hipsters":

    Continuing with the superhero theme, would you visit a Marvel superheroes theme park?

    This makes me laugh: You can play Plants vs. Zombies in WoW.

    Last, but definitely not least: More images from HPATDH:P1*. And, you've seen the new trailer, right?


    *And I you thought Id never get to use this!